Critiically acclaimed entertainment channel AMC arrives in Africa
AMC Studios Original Series The Divide to premiere exclusively on the channel:
a highly controversial murder trial drama written by Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra, The Bridges of Madison County)
AMC Networks International – Zone announced today that it will rebrand MGM Channel as AMC from 1st December across sub-Saharan Africa. The African launch is part of the global rollout of entertainment channel AMC, one of the most popular and award-winning brands in television. AMC will launch with platform partners DStv, Star Sat, Zuku and Azam TV
Continuing MGM’s internationally renowned legacy, AMC will feature acclaimed movies from some of the world’s biggest film libraries, including the Robocop trilogy, the Legally Blonde franchise, Be Cool and Get Shorty, and The Terminator. It will also offer exclusive original series from AMC Network’s own studios, including the upcoming premiere of The Divide, a gritty legal thriller centered on a sensational murder case and Game of Arms, an unscripted series exploring the highly competitive world of American arm-wrestling.
AMC has showcased some of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning dramas on U.S. television over the past decade, including The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
The eight-episode series is written by the Academy Award® and Emmy® nominated Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra, The Fisher King, Water for Elephants, The Ref, The Bridges of Madison County), with Tony Goldwyn (Scandal, Conviction, Justified, Damages, Dexter, A Walk on the Moon) directing the premiere episode. Co-created by LaGravenese and Goldwyn, the series is produced by AMC studios.
The Divide is a thought-provoking and suspenseful drama that centres around the violent deaths of an affluent African American family, seemingly at the hands of two white construction workers. It explores the personal cost of morality, ambition, ethics, politics, and race in today’s justice system through the eyes of Christine Rosa played by Marin Ireland (Homeland, Boss, Side Effects), an impassioned caseworker with The Innocence Initiative, and Adam Page played by Damon Gupton (The Newsroom, Prime Suspect), an equally passionate district attorney and political rising star
LaGravenese and Goldwyn also serve as executive producers along with Emmy® award winner John Tinker (The Practice, Chicago Hope) as the showrunner, and co-executive producer, Andrew Sugarman (Shopgirl, Conviction).
The Hollywood Reporter described The Divide as “absorbing, ambitious and boasting a great cast”, and The San Francisco Chronicle called it “an intelligently nuanced, character-driven legal thriller.”
The Divide premieres on Thursday, 8th January, 20:00 CAT, with new episodes every week throughout January/February.
Game of Arms
AMC’s unscripted series Game of Arms is a look inside the raw world of American arm wrestling. The series follows the members of five regional arm wrestling clubs in Erie, PA, Kansas City, KS, New York, NY, Sacramento, CA and Baton Rouge, LA. Game of Arms not only focuses on the technique and skill in this high-stakes world, but also the family, careers and personal struggles of each man outside of the sport. Each episode features a dramatic regional match, leading to a tournament finale where the entire cast will compete for prize money and bragging rights.
The series hails from Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnik, the Emmy® Award-winning producers of Deadliest Catch, and executive producer Dan Ilani, their partner in Undertow Films.
Game of Arms premieres on Tuesday, 2nd December @ 20:00 CAT, with new episodes through to 16th December. After the Christmas break, a Game of Arms triple-bill on Saturday, 3rd January gives viewers the chance to catch-up with all the action so far, before new episodes start again on 6th January.